blood_traitor: (annoyed)
Severus Snape ([personal profile] blood_traitor) wrote2011-03-04 04:22 pm

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Private to Hogwarts Staff Private to Hogwarts Staff. AND LUPIN.

Yes. Misters Crabbe and Goyle are indeed more intelligent. There were potatoes involved.
prof_sprout: (gossip!)

[personal profile] prof_sprout 2011-03-04 11:06 pm (UTC)(link)
It's astounding! Greg actually asked some extra questions outside of class! Vince has grown continuously more confident in his coursework, as well.
minerva_mcgonagall: (Motherly)

[personal profile] minerva_mcgonagall 2011-03-04 11:19 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't suppose you know of any Peruvian magical potatoes?
prof_sprout: (teaching!)

[personal profile] prof_sprout 2011-03-04 11:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Peruvian potatoes in and of themselves wouldn't necessarily cause an increase in intelligence to this degree. It's possible that they might have been charmed, but I would have to do some research.
minerva_mcgonagall: (Stern)

[personal profile] minerva_mcgonagall 2011-03-04 11:44 pm (UTC)(link)
If you could, that would be very helpful.

Filius, do you know of any charms that could be responsible?
filius_flitwick: (Ravenclaw)

[personal profile] filius_flitwick 2011-03-04 11:52 pm (UTC)(link)
There have been countless attempts at a real intelligence-increasing charm, but few have any results to speak of. The change in Vincent and Gregory is enormous; I highly doubt any charm is solely responsible.

I'd say most likely it's some combination of the plant itself, charmwork, and a clever potion. Maybe their age is playing a role, too; it's possible a potion might grow stronger with time, of course.

I hate to mention it, but there's also the possibility that there's some dark magic at work--I'm wary of anything that causes such a quick and powerful benefit as this. Severus, any knowledge of pre-Columbian dark magic?
minerva_mcgonagall: (Taken aback)

[personal profile] minerva_mcgonagall 2011-03-05 12:21 am (UTC)(link)
Very well--would you grant him access to this conversation?
remus_lupin: (06)

[personal profile] remus_lupin 2011-03-05 12:41 am (UTC)(link)
There is strong evidence to support the idea. It's known that the Incas participated in ritual human sacrifice, and in most cultures that did so, there is a strong presence of dark magic.

I don't know anything specific about Peruvian intelligence spells, obviously, but it's certainly possible. And we do know that the Incas developed some highly sophisticated agricultrual and architectural techniques--those developments could have been aided by magically-enhanced intelligence.

There were many pre-Incan civilizations, as well, which I'm not as familiar with. I'll do some research, but I can't imagine Draco Malfoy would have much access to ancient and obscure dark magical artifacts in the Andes, especially if he was there with the Zabinis. I think Filius's first idea is probably closer to the mark.
remus_lupin: (01)

[personal profile] remus_lupin 2011-03-05 12:44 am (UTC)(link)
You'll find it at the beginning of my second paragraph. "I don't know."

As I mentioned, though, the evidence for dark magic in pre-Columbian Peru is strong, which I thought was relevant.
remus_lupin: (06)

[personal profile] remus_lupin 2011-03-05 12:51 am (UTC)(link)
This explains a lot about your teaching methods.
remus_lupin: (Luna Plena)

[personal profile] remus_lupin 2011-03-05 03:01 am (UTC)(link)
Please, no more changes. You've done enough already.
prof_sprout: (I'm worried)

[personal profile] prof_sprout 2011-03-05 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
Boys, come now. Stop fighting.
remus_lupin: (Luna Plena)

[personal profile] remus_lupin 2011-03-05 03:35 am (UTC)(link)
Excellent idea. Maybe Horace will follow the recipe and not muck anything up.
remus_lupin: (04)

[personal profile] remus_lupin 2011-03-05 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
Right. So you added things to the potion and now we can't step 20 metres away from each other, but you obviously didn't muck anything up. Of course.
remus_lupin: (Luna Plena)

[personal profile] remus_lupin 2011-03-05 03:55 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, in that case, I take it back. If you don't know why it happened, then it clearly didn't.
remus_lupin: (05)

[personal profile] remus_lupin 2011-03-05 03:58 am (UTC)(link)
It feels good to have a purpose in life.
remus_lupin: (Luna Plena)

[personal profile] remus_lupin 2011-03-05 04:01 am (UTC)(link)
Brilliant. Now we'll be angry and in pain.
filius_flitwick: (Ravenclaw)

[personal profile] filius_flitwick 2011-03-05 04:02 am (UTC)(link)
Boys, I'm on my way over. I'm going to make some adjustments to your rooms so you don't have to interact quite so much.
remus_lupin: (Luna Plena)

[personal profile] remus_lupin 2011-03-05 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
Hurry before he brews another potion.
filius_flitwick: (Default)

[personal profile] filius_flitwick 2011-03-05 04:04 am (UTC)(link)
Alone and without pain is a better option. I'll be there in a moment.